Calgary foursome to junior camp

RANDY SPORTAK, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 10:36 AM ET

GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Brandon Kozun will admit he can't help but wonder a little bit.

What are his chances?

The Hitmen forward -- and Calgary product -- was one of 36 players selected to Canada's national junior team selection camp.

"You think about it a little bit, but it's out of your control," Kozun said yesterday. "When you get there, you've got to just play your game and if they like it, they'll take you."

Also chosen to attend the camp, which opens Dec. 12 in Regina, are Flames 2008 first-round draft choice Greg Nemisz, Calgary product Dylan Olsen, who is at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and Hitmen goalie Martin Jones.

Canada opens the tournament Boxing Day in Saskatoon against Latvia.

Kozun went into last night's game in Prince George leading the WHL with 51 points (13-38-51), which comes on the heels of last season's 108-point campaign -- second most in the WHL. Not bad for a player pegged too small.

"It's been a pretty fun ride," he said. "I've had some good memories and been fortunate to be on a couple of good teams, and when you have that, personal success happens."

Kozun was drafted in the Los Angeles Kings in the sixth round last season. The Kings also signed Jones as a free-agent, so it should come as no surprise they're going together.

"Yeah, we've been following each other around lately -- going to Los Angeles and going to the Super Series (against Russia)," Kozun said. "It'll be a great experience and it'll be even better to go there with him. He's a really good goalie and has a great chance."

Olsen, drafted 28th overall by the Chicago Blackhawks this year, has eight points in 12 NCAA games in his freshman year.

Nemisz, chosen 25th overall by the Flames, is third in the OHL with 22 goals and fourth in scoring with 43 points for the OHL's Windsor Spitfires.

"It's a great thing. Now his goal is to go there and make the team," said Flames head coach Brent Sutter. "He's a quality player, and whenever you can play at that level and get the experience he has a possibility of getting, it does nothing but help you or enhance you."

The Canadian team will also play an exhibition game Dec. 22 against Finland at the Saddledome.


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